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Etiquette -- napkin placement when leave table, host raises the fork first?, etc....

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Etiquette -- napkin placement when leave table, host raises the fork first?, etc....

CuriousWC | Nov 21, 2005 10:27 AM

When one leavesthe table between courses, does one place his/her napkin on their seat, so as not to offend others with a possibly greasy, lipstick/ food-stained napkin on the table?

I usually leave it on the chair, and have returned to see it either still there, esp at the lower end places, placed back on the table and sometimes on the seat-back. At times am immediately given a new napkin placed on my lap.

And who raises the fork first for all others to follow suit? Believe it's the host?

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